Listen Now! High school football's regular season comes to a close. Here's what to know
Time flies when you’re having fun.
This Friday marks Week 11 of the 2021 high school football season.
It seems like just yesterday fall practice was beginning.
Now, teams have one last chance to make a push for the postseason.
The FHSAA will announce postseason pairings Sunday.
State championships for Classes 1A through 3A will take place Dec. 9-11 at Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee while Classes 4A through 8A will occur Dec. 16-18 at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
But before we get there, we have to finish out the regular season.
And, oh what a finish we have.
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In many areas around the state, Week 11 marks rivalry week.
For instance, in Brevard County, Cocoa plays Rockledge in the annual Bar-B-Q Bowl.
In Flagler County, Matanzas plays Flagler Palm Coast in the Potato Bowl.
On the Treasure Coast, Martin County will play Jensen Beach with the county championship and Fergie Ferguson Trophy on the line.
And there are plenty of others.
To help me break down all the games and look toward the postseason, I welcome back USA TODAY Florida Sports Network recruiting reporter Jon Santucci.
Jon’s been traveling the state all season, he releases state rankings each week, and he’s about as knowledgeable about high school football as anyone in Florida.
He tells us who the best teams and players are.
Plus, he gives a class-by-class breakdown of which teams he thinks will take home state titles. The picks agonized him. But don’t be mad at him if he didn’t pick your team.
We also discuss college football recruiting. Florida recently lost two top-flight defensive recruits as the Gators continue to struggle to stop teams. Meanwhile, Florida State is still expecting two five-star players to sign with the Seminoles in December.
If you’re a fan of high school football, you can’t miss this episode.
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